Walking Study for Stroke Rehabilitation "SIRROWS"


Phase 1 Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- 35 years or older
- suffered a stroke from any cause that is unlikely to progress or recur within 2 years of onset (thrombotic infarct, cardioembolus, intracerebral hemorrhage)
- unilateral hemiparesis with strength of the proximal leg muscles ≤4/5
- able to follow simple instructions and understand verbal reinforcement about walking speed
- able to take 5 steps with not more than the assistance of one person

Exclusion Criteria

- premorbid walking difficulty in the community, such as a prior stroke with residual impairment, arthritis with pain on stepping, dyspnea or angina on modest exertion, limited walking endurance due to cardiopulmonary or other disease
- history of dementia
- current medical disease that will limit physical therapy at the time of randomization, such as critical illness myopathy/neuropathy, serious infection, thrombophlebitis, orthostatic hypertension, decubitus ulcer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease, organ transplantation, recent surgery (including coronary bypass), or pain with weigh bearing